Most of you will have off Labor Day weekend a month from now, but Henry Maier Festival Park will be hard at work hosting three different fun events – whether your interests are motorcycles, country music or barbecued meats.
Revving up on the north end of the festival grounds the entire weekend will be the Katancha Rock, Rally & Roll motorcycle celebration, running from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30 through Sunday, Sept. 2. The free event will feature motorcycle vendors including Vance & Hines, J&P Cycles, Kuryakyn, Knight Rider Jewelry and Cycle Solutions, as well as live music, a rat rod car show, plenty of other bike shows, food and drink and much more. The event, as well as bike parking, is free.
More about music than motorcycles? Then drop on by the other end of the park grounds – the American Family Insurance Amphitheater, to be exact – on Saturday, Sept. 1 for the Summer Plays On Tour, featuring country stars Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker and Russell Dickerson. Tickets for the show are currently on sale now in person at the Summerfest box office, select Walmart stores and Ticketmaster ticket centers; over the phone at either (800) 745-3000 (for a live Ticketmaster agent) or (866) 448-7849 (for the Ticketmaster Express automated phone line); and online at either Ticketmaster or Summerfest's website.
Hungry for meat instead of music? The holiday weekend will wrap up with the third annual Big Gig BBQ from noon until 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 2, featuring 15 local vendors showing off their carnivorous creations, as well as food demonstrations, games, music, contests and competitions – including the new Amateur BBQ Rib Competition and Big Gig BBQ $5,000 Cash Giveaway. What better way to wash down some tasty meat than with money? Admission and parking for the meat feast are both free.
As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.
When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.